Senior College-Bound Calendar

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September October November December January
  • Register for the Oct. or Nov. SAT or SAT Subject Tests.
  • Register for the Oct. ACT.
  • Meet with your counselor to review your college list and your graduation requirements.
  • Write to any colleges you have not contacted for applications, organize files, photocopy applications, and begin to fill out rough drafts.
  • Remind your parents to gather financial records and get financial counseling if needed.
  • Decide the number of colleges and the cost of applying.
  • Submit the PROFILE registration form for schools requiring it.
  • Attend Got Plans?
  • Register for the Dec. ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests.
  • Finish research, compare colleges, and reduce your list to five to ten colleges.
  • Plan visits and interviews to colleges while they are in sessions.  Send thank you cards.
  • Attend college weekends.
  • Work on rough draft of essays and applications.
  • Send in “early decision” or “early action” applications.
  • Begin UC/CSU applications.
  • Keep watching scholarships.
  • Send in UC and CSU applications as early in the month as possible.
  • Take the SAT or SAT subject tests.
  • Register for the Dec. ACT.
  • Finish all rough draft applications and essays. Go over them with your counselor, teacher, and parent.
  • Give all recommendations and secondary school evaluation forms to teachers and counselor to fill out.
  • Apply to your “choice colleges”. Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork turned in.
  • Observe deadlines. Send transcripts, test scores, and release Score Choice scores.
  • Keep your grades up.
  • Colleges do look at semester and year-end grades.
  • Take the ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests.
  • Work on and send in private college applications as you finish them.
  • Plan holiday visits to colleges.
  • Submit ROTC application, if applicable.
  • Collect financial aid information and complete the FAFSA online.
  • Register for the Jan. SAT or SAT Subject Tests.
  • Attend Financial Aid Night.
  • Request 7th semester transcripts be sent to colleges that request them.
  • Check with teachers, counselor, and colleges that all forms have been received.
  • Let your counselor know your first choice colleges. Stay in contact with your representative at those colleges. Ask if you can send any additional academic or talent information or letters.
  • Watch application deadlines.
  • Keep sending your applications. It is not too late to apply to many colleges.
  • You may submit the FAFSA any time after Jan. 1.
  • Request housing applications at CSU.
February March April May June
  • Check that the college has received all your information. Can you apply for housing now?
  • Some college acceptance letters may arrive. Inform your counselor when you hear from a college.
  • Pursue scholarship options; watch due dates.
  • Stay calm and enjoy your senior year.
  • Send thank you cards to teachers, counselor, and anyone who helped you through the process.
  • Submit mid-year reports to counselor as required.
  • Talk to community college representatives if applying. Submit applications online.
  • Submit tax forms to the Financial Aid Office of colleges who request them.
  • Send any new material to colleges if requested.
  • Watch for the Student Aid Report (SAR) to arrive.  The SAR gives you the amount of student aid you are eligible for. Make sure your colleges receive it.
  • Register for AP tests.
  • All colleges should respond.
  • Decide where you wish to go. Revisit if necessary. Go to information meetings you are invited to. Write to the college you accept and those you do not. Inform your counselor and teachers of your decision.
  • Wait listed? Write a “pleading letter” and ask for help. Most colleges decide in July.
  • Submit applications to community college. Take placement tests.
  • Attend senior programs.
  • Start looking for a summer job. You may need the money!
  • Mail your deposit to one college by May 1. If accepting financial aid, sign and return the financial award letter to the college.
  • Fill out loan applications.
  • UC: subject A exam
  • CSU: placement exams
  • AP exams
  • Complete dorm forms.
  • Take community college placement exams.
  • Enjoy your summer.  You deserve it.
  • Turn in your final transcript request to the registrar.
  • Attend all advising days, open houses, orientation programs, and registration offered by your college.
  • Read books on how to survive in college (physically, emotionally, academically, philosophically, and spiritually).
  • Send thank you cards for any scholarships you have received.
CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATE!